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Minors 5.19.13: Bonfe's 4 hits lift B-Mets

May, 19, 2013
OMAHA 4, LAS VEGAS 3: Ex-Met Xavier Nady had an RBI double and scored the go-ahead run later in the sixth on Anthony Seratelli's single against Armando Rodriguez. The 51s (20-21) had taken a 3-2 lead in the fifth on Wilmer Flores' solo homer. Andrew Brown left the game with an oblique strain. Starter Chris Schwinden allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in four innings. He departed after a rain delay, having thrown 58 pitches. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, PORTLAND 5: Joe Bonfe produced four hits, including a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth, and the B-Mets (24-19) matched a season high with 14 hits. Cory Vaughn opened the scoring by plating Cesar Puello with a first-inning single against

Portland starter Drake Britton. In second, Bonfe added an RBI single. Danny Muno stretched the lead to 3-0 with a run-scoring double . The Sea Dogs erased the deficit with three runs in the third against B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni. Heiker Meneses singled and scored when Peter Hissey doubled and Darrell Ceciliani fired a throw to second with no B-Met covering the base. Xander Bogaerts followed with an RBI single and scored later in the frame on a sac fly from Michael Almanzar. Hissey helped Portland grab a 4-3 lead in the fifth. Hissey tripled and scored the go-ahead run when Mazzoni bounced a wild pitch. Britton opened the door for the B-Mets in the sixth by walking Richard Lucas and hitting Ceciliani. Bonfe then threaded a go-ahead, two-run single past Bogaerts at shortstop. Josh Rodriguez added an RBI single against reliever Will Latimer. Mazzoni preserved the lead with a scoreless sixth, but faltered in the seventh. After a single by Meneses, Bogaerts blasted an RBI double to cut Binghamton’s lead to one. John Church entered with the potential tying run on base and shut the door, striking out Tony Thomas and Travis Shaw. Church posted a perfect eighth. The B-Mets tacked on two runs in the ninth against Pete Ruiz. Jack Leathersich worked a scoreless ninth for his second save. Mazzoni (2-1) allowed five runs on 10 hits. Bonfe compiled his fourth career four-hit game, and first as a B-Met. Box

BRADENTON 8, ST. LUCIE 1: Hansel Robles allowed four runs and four hits while walking three and striking out six in four innings. He walked two batters in the second and allowed a two-out, two-run double to Alen Hanson. Jose Osuna hit a solo homer off Robles in the third. With the Mets (24-17) trailing 4-0 in the sixth, T.J. Rivera and Matt Reynolds had back-to-back singles and Dustin Lawley ripped a double to left to score Rivera. However, Nick Kingham struck out Aderlin Rodriguez and Rylan Sandoval with two runners in scoring position to end the threat. Reynolds finished 2-for-3 with a double and walk. Lawley drove in his 35th run of the season and is now tied for the Florida State League lead. Carlos Vazquez pitched three scoreless relief innings. Elias Diaz hit a grand slam off of Mets reliever Wanel Mesa in the eighth. St. Lucie visits Dunedin for a four-game series beginning Monday. Matt Bowman opposes rehabbing Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson in the opener. Box

SAVANNAH 12, AUGUSTA 10: Starter Luis Cessa allowed six runs on 11 hits and a walk in five innings, but the Gnats (24-17) ralied from an early 6-1 deficit. Nelfi Zapata started the comeback with a three-run homer in the fourth and finished with five RBIs. Jeff Reynolds went 4-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs. Eudy Pina had three RBIs. Cole Frenzel and Stefan Sabol scored three times apiece. Beck Wheeler notched his third save with a scoreless ninth, despite allowing a double and walk to open the final frame. With the bases loaded and two outs, Wheeler coaxed a flyout from Trevor Brown to end the game. Box

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Minors 4.16.12: Lawley slam paces St. Lucie

April, 16, 2013
SACRAMENTO 2, LAS VEGAS 1: Gonzalez Germen surrendered a tiebreaking RBI single to Michael Choice in the seventh for the decisive run. Collin McHugh had limited Sacramento to one run (unearned) on seven hits and three walks while striking out three in a 102-pitch effort spanning 5 2/3 innings. The run against McHugh came after a first-inning error by Wilmer Flores. Flores' single in the fourth plated Juan Lagares (3-for-4) to even the score at 1. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, PORTLAND 3: Portland took an early lead against B-Mets starter Logan Verrett. An RBI double from Tony Thomas in the first and an inside-the-park homer by Heiker Meneses in the second put the Sea Dogs up 2-0. Verrett settled down, though, and allowed one additional hit over his next four innings. He began the seventh inning, but was relieved by Jack Leathersich after surrendering a two-out walk to Peter Hissey. Binghamton's comeback began in the fourth against Portland starter Drake Britton. With two outs, Cory Vaughn singled. Cesar Puello then tripled to put Binghamton on the board. After Danny Muno walked, Britton threw a wild pitch, allowing Puello to score and tie the game. Francisco Pena gave the B-Mets the lead with an RBI double. The game moved quickly until the bottom of the seventh, where it was halted for 37 minutes due to a rain delay. After the break, the B-Mets tacked on four more runs in the eighth to boost their lead to 7-2. Jeff Walters gave up one run in the ninth, but finished the game to earn his third save. Walters recorded his second save of the season that lasted more than one inning (also two innings at Akron on April 4). Right-hander Jacob DeGrom will make his Double-A on Wednesday. Box

ST. LUCIE 13, CHARLOTTE 3: Dustin Lawley belted a grand slam and Aderlin Rodriguez had a solo homer. Cam Maron went 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBIs. Hansel Robles (1-1) allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out three in six innings. Estarlin Morel and Wanel Mesa combined for three scoreless relief innings. St. Lucie improved to 9-3. Box

GREENSBORO 9, SAVANNAH 8: Julian Hilario suffered the blown save and the loss after surrendering three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Viosergy Rosa delivered the walk-off three-run homer against Hilario. The Gnats had taken the lead with a three-run top of the inning that included Jayce Boyd's sacrifice fly and a tiebreaking two-run homer by Kevin Plawecki. Brandon Nimmo finished 3-for-5 to up his South Atlantic League average to .447. Gnats starter Luis Cessa allowed four runs (one earned) in five innings. The Gnats committed three errors, including a pair by third baseman Cole Frenzel. Box

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Around the minors 8.25.12

August, 25, 2012
BUFFALO 5, ROCHESTER 3: With Buffalo down 3-0, Matt den Dekker and Mike Nickeas singled to open the third. Fred Lewis then produced an RBI double in what became a four-run inning. Starter Chris Schwinden allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings. Drew Carpenter, Garrett Olson and Fernando Cabrera combined for 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Valentino Pascucci's solo homer in the seventh capped the scoring. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, PORTLAND 1: Darin Gorski matched a season high with nine strikeouts while limiting Portland to one run. Reese Havens contributed a two-run homer that snapped his 0-for-21 drought. The Sea Dogs needed a break in the first to score their lone run. With two outs and Jeremy Hazelbaker on first, Bryce Brentz lifted a fly ball to right. Dustin Martin got a late read and the ball landed inside the line for a single, plating Hazelbaker. The B-Mets cracked the scoreboard in the third against starter Drake Britton. Allan Dykstra drove in Wilmer Flores from first by doubling. Dykstra scored the go-ahead run when shortstop Xander Bogaerts booted Jefry Marte's groundball. After allowing a single to Derrik Gibson in the second, Gorski retired 12 straight Sea Dogs. The B-Mets added to their lead and chased Britton in the fourth. After consecutive one-out singles, Britton walked Pedro Zapata to load the bases. Havens then rolled a groundball to shortstop and beat out the potential double play, allowing a run to score. Will Latimer replaced Britton and got the final out of the frame. In the sixth, Havens blasted his 10th homer, kicking Binghamton’s lead to four. Brentz snapped Gorski’s impressive stretch in the sixth with a two-out single. Travis Shaw walked to increase the threat, but Gorski induced Boagaerts to line out. With a runner aboard in the eighth, Gorski racked up his ninth strikeout, painting the outside black against Hazelbaker. Ryan Fraser recorded the final out of eighth and tossed a scoreless ninth. Gorski (9-7) earned his third win in his last four starts, allowing five hits over 7 2/3 innings. Box

CHARLOTTE 2, ST. LUCIE 1 (12 innings): Todd Glaesmann’s leadoff homer against Jeff Walters in the 12th inning proved to the difference. Mets left-hander Chase Huchingson came within one out of a complete-game shutout, before Glaesmann’s RBI single with two outs in the ninth tied the score. Huchingson pitched 8 2/3 innings and allowed one run and three hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Adam Kolarek tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings and worked around a hit and walk. Walters allowed one run and three hits in two innings. Richard Lucas had scored from third on a wild pitch in the second inning for the lone run by the Mets. Darrell Ceciliani finished 3-for-5 with a walk. T.J. Rivera went 2-for-6. The Mets finished 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 14 on base. Box

ROME 4, SAVANNAH 1: Rome did all the Game 1 scoring in the fifth inning, on Ross Heffley two-run homer. Rome starter A.J. Holland shut out the Gnats through six innings. Savannah starter Yohan Almonte (0-2) surrendered Heffley’s long ball. In Game 2, the Gnats opened the scoring in the third on Yucarybert De La Cruz's sacrifice fly. The Braves rallied in the sixth against Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis.(4-8). With two outs and the bases empty, three singles evened the score at 1. Robbie Hefflinger then produced a three-run homer against Panteliodis. Rome starter Greg Ross threw a complete-game shutout. Box 1, Box 2

BLUEFIELD 7, KINGSPORT 0: Starter John Gant allowed five runs (three earned) in five innings. Right-handers Brandon Welch (fifth round) and Rob Whalen (12th round) made their professional debuts in relief, each allowing one run in one inning. Kingsport committed five errors, three from shortstop Anthony Chavez. Box

BROOKLYN 11, STATEN ISLAND 0: Hansel Robles tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out eight. He leads the New York-Penn League with a 1.20 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP. Robles has not allowed an earned run in his last 31 innings, dating to July 28, and has not allowed any run in 22 innings. In the first, Dimas Ponce and Phillip Evans singled and Eudy Pina reached on a throwing error by shortstop Claudio Custodio. With the bases loaded, Kevin Plawecki delivered a sacrifice fly. In the fifth, Yankees starter Gabriel Encinas surrendered another two runs. Jeff Reynolds walked and Julio Concepcion singled. Reynolds scored on Brandon Nimmo's double. Evans' ensuing single scored Concepcion. Brooklyn batted around in an eight-run seventh. Ponce hit a two-run triple. Zach Woods replaced Encinas, but Evans hit his third single of the night to plate Ponce. Pina and Alex Sanchez walked later in the inning. Jeff Glenn contributed a two-run single. Reynolds then blasted his second homer of the season, a three-run shot, to make it 11-0. Logan Taylor and Tyler Vanderheiden each threw an inning of hitless relief for the Cyclones. Box

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Around the minors 7.27.12

July, 28, 2012
LOUISVILLE 3, BUFFALO 1: Mike Baxter went 1-for-4 and played nine innings in left field. Neftali Soto delivered a tiebreaking two-run homer against Dylan Owen after a two-hour, five-minute rain delay. Before the stoppage, Lucas Duda singled to lead off the fifth and advanced to second on Valentino Pascucci's walk. Bats starter Tim Gustafson then threw away Matt Tuiasosopo's bunt attempt, allowing Duda to score. Owen suffered the defeat, allowing two runs in two innings. Newly promoted Robert Carson made his Triple-A debut with two innings of scoreless relief. Starter Garrett Olson allowed an unearned run in four innings, but departed with the delay. Mike Nickeas went 0-for-3 in his first game with the Bisons this season. He is the only player to have appeared in a game in all four years of the club's affiliation with the Mets. Duda went 1-for-4 in his second game with the club this year. Before the game, right-hander Gonzalez Germen was returned to Binghamton and catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere was placed on the disabled list. Box

Dustin Martin launched a three-run homer in the sixth to cap a five-hit day and secure Binghamton’s doubleheader sweep. In the opener, Binghamton grabbed the lead in the third against Portland starter Drake Britton (2-4). Juan Lagares tripled and scored when Reese Havens singled past third baseman Marquez Smith. In the fourth, Jefry Marte doubled and scored when Martin threaded a bouncer up the middle. Pitching for the first time since returning from the DL, B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni (4-3) put together six solid innings, allowing one run on four singles while striking out five and walking two. Mazzoni walked two in the sixth, but ended the threat and capped his night by inducing Peter Hissey to pop out. Frank Francisco took over in the seventh in his second rehab appearance with Binghamton. He allowed a double to Ronald Bermudez to start the inning, but retired three straight to secure the save. B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin that Francisco will remain with the Eastern League club for one more rehab appearance Saturday. Through the first five innings of the nightcap, the B-Mets collected six hits and walked six times against starter Mike MacDonald but failed to score. Binghamton bounced into three double plays and had two players thrown out attempting steals. Meanwhile, the Sea Dogs scored their lone run against Darin Gorski (6-5) on Bryce Brentz's second-inning homer. Gorski retired 14 of the final 16 batters he faced. With two on base in the sixth, reliever Chris Balcom-Miller entered and recorded two outs before falling behind in the count to Martin with two balls. Martin blasted the next offering inside the right-field pole for his second Double-A homer. Ryan Fraser took over for Gorski in the ninth and worked around a walk and single to earn his first B-Mets save. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 6, LAKELAND 5: T.J. Rivera had three hits and three RBIs and Aderlin Rodriguez hit his second Florida State League homer. A three-run second staked St. Lucie to a 3-2 lead as Kai Gronauer and Rivera had RBI doubles and Cory Vaughn followed with a run-scoring single. Rodriguez ripped a solo homer in the fifth to give the Mets a 4-3 advantage. With the score tied in the sixth, Rivera singled to plate Gronauer and Robbie Shields and give the Mets a 6-4 lead. Jack Leathersich earned his first St. Lucie save. He retired James Robbins on a groundout to first with the tying run at second base in the ninth. Leathersich gave up one run on two hits in two innings and walked two. Angel Cuan tossed 5 1/3 innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Taylor Whitenton picked up the victory in relief. He tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Box

ROME 13, SAVANNAH 3: Gnats starter Jim Fuller surrendered 11 runs (nine earned) in three innings. Box

BRISTOL 3, KINGSPORT 1: Eric Grabe and Juan Ramirez produced their first homers of the Appalachian League season to break a 1-all tie and hand reliever Andrew Massie the loss. K-Mets starter John Gant, who entered with a 7.94 ERA, allowed one run while scattering six hits and three walks over five innings. Grabe broke the tie in the eighth, taking a 1-0 offering from Massie over the left-field wall. The K-Mets scored their lone run in the first inning, when Gavin Cecchini's triple off the right-field wall plated Branden Kaupe. Bristol held the K-Mets hitless for the final six frames. The K-Mets sent outfielder Julio Concepcion to Brooklyn before the game and activated Bradley Marquez from the disabled list. Box

BATAVIA 2, BROOKLYN 0: Luis Cessa allowed one run on six hits in five innings in a hard-luck loss. The Cyclones mustered only three hits and walked twice. Batavia's Alex Mejia opened the game with a single and scored on a one-out double by Garrett Wittels. Tyler Vanderheiden entered in the eighth, trying to hold the deficit at 1-0. After Wittels grounded out to first baseman Jayce Boyd, Patrick Wilson reached on an infield single to third baseman Jeff Reynolds. Vanderheiden then struck out Jesus Montero for the second out. David Washington followed with a double, scoring Wilson. It was the first run Vanderheiden surrendered this season. Box

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Daniel Murphy
.298 9 54 76
HRL. Duda 28
RBIL. Duda 86
RD. Murphy 76
OPSL. Duda .827
WB. Colon 14
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.49
SOZ. Wheeler 180